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1 one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century
2 open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss [syn: moorland]


1 secure in or as if in a berth or dock; "tie up the boat" [syn: berth, tie up]
2 come into or dock at a wharf; "the big ship wharfed in the evening" [syn: berth, wharf]
3 secure with cables or ropes; "moor the boat"

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Etymology 1

mōr. Cognates include Dutch moer, German Moor and perhaps also Gothic marei. See mere.


  1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath.
    A cold, biting wind blew across the moor, and the travellers hastened their step.
  2. A game preserve consisting of moorland.
Derived terms
region with poor, marshy soil, peat, and heath
game preserve

Etymology 2

From the imperfect past participle moored; present participle and verbal noun mooring. Probably from marren "to tie", "fasten", "or moor a ship". See mar.


  1. To cast anchor or become fastened.
  2. In the context of "transitive|nautical": To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream; they moored the boat to the wharf.
  3. To secure, or fix firmly.
To cast anchor or become fastened
To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains
To secure, or fix firmly
  • Russian: крепить
  • Estonian: silduma, otsi kinnitama
  • Finnish: ankkuroida (transitive), ankkuroitua (intransitive)
  • French: amarrer
  • Portuguese: atracar, ancorar
  • Spanish: atracar, amarrar





Extensive Definition

Moor may refer to:
Moor is also a family name, shared by

See also

  • Mohr (disambiguation)
  • Moore (disambiguation)
  • MOR (disambiguation)
  • More (disambiguation)
moor in German: Moor (Begriffsklärung)
moor in Galician: Mouro (homónimos)
moor in Japanese: ムア

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